If you're trying to decide on the new Apple Watch with GPS only or the GPS + Cellular model, there are a few things you'll want to know before deciding if that extra $100 is worth it. Phone compatibility You may want the latest and greatest Apple Watch, but it's important to make sure your iPhone passes muster. The Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS + Cellular) requires an iPhone 6 or later with iOS 12 or later. Make sure you're willing to upgrade your iPhone if you want to get the Series 4 If you don't need cellular, you can go back even further with your iPhone model. Apple Watch Series 4 (GPS) requires an iPhone 5s or later with iOS 12 or later. You still need the latest software upgrade, though. If you're going with the older model iPhone, you don't have to be on the latest software, but make sure your iPhone isn't too old. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular) requires an iPhone 6 or later with iOS 11 or later. Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS) requires an iPhone 5s or later with iOS 11 or later. … [Read more...] about Apple Watch Cellular vs GPS: What’s the difference?
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Video -- 5G wireless networks: What you need to know.Back in 2002, the Middle East and North Africa region was home to just 19 million mobile connections. But since then, mobile take-up, use and service availability have changed dramatically. According to data from the GSMA, there are now 639 million SIM connections in the region and 360 million unique mobile subscribers. Moreover, the GSMA notes: "By the end of 2016, mobile broadband connections reached parity with 2G, and by the end of 2017 3G will become the dominant mobile technology. By 2020, mobile broadband will account for just under 70 percent of total connections."As adoption of 3G and 4G services gathers pace, the next stage of the region's mobile revolution will be driven by the launch of 5G networks. This technology, the GSMA estimates, will cover about 30 percent of the region's population by 2025, with Ericsson predicting 17 million 5G subscriptions by 2023. That's almost the same number as the total number of … [Read more...] about 5G rollout: Why the Gulf wants to win race for Middle East superiority
Google recently announced a new, unified messaging platform called Chat. Pausing development on the text-based Allo and video-oriented Duo, Google has finally decided to focus on a universal Android messaging effort, a la iMessage.Google Chat uses the RCS (Rich Communications Services) standard, and feature-wise it is very similar to messaging apps like Facebook Messanger, WhatsApp, and Viber, but it's actually built on top of SMS. RCS, if you're not familiar, is a new universal standard that is meant to supplant SMS, and it offers the same features that IP-based messaging protocols do (i.e. read receipts, file and image transfer, etc.), but relies minimally on mobile data. In fact, it should mostly be free and bundled with your data plan, instead of SMS, or cost a tiny fee, depending on the type of message.The idea is that the RCS protocol is a carrier service, and as such, the carriers have the final say in what RCS-enabled apps like Google Chat will and won't be able to do. … [Read more...] about Here are the carriers that will support Google Chat from the get-go